HISTORY

On September 14th, 2019 at The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, CA the 1st Latinx Games Festival signaled an industry-wide call to action for Latinx representation throughout the video game industry. The 1st Latinx Games Festival was a success thanks to the support and sponsorship from video game industry titans like Niantic, Nintendo, Xbox, Amazon Games, Avalanche Studios and Unity.

Special thanks to Emperatriz Ung, Juan Vaca, Indie Games Mexico, Aquma, Laura Reyes, Dylan G. Cruz, Kesu Gupta, Benjamin Angel Wu, Christopher Deslandes, Juan Morales-Rocha, Venisia Gonzalez, Qweerty Gamers, CyberCode Twins, MOLAA event staff and security, BLKBX Creative Group and the amazing volunteers, speakers and sponsors for holding it down and making my wildest dreams come true. ~Jason Vega

On November 21-22, 2020 The 2nd Latinx Games Festival was a 2 Day Event that took place Online from Long Beach, California. This event was planned to take place in person at MOLAA, but due to the COVID19 global pandemic, we had to adapt our conference to a virtual online presentation. The event was featured on the front page of Steam featuring a virtual arcade and our panels streamed to both Twitch and Steam. The 2nd annual Latinx Games Festival was a success thanks to the support and sponsorship from video game industry titans like Niantic, Valve, and Play Date.

Special thanks to Kesu Gupta, Jasmine Aguilar, Juan Morales-Rocha, Jonathan Morales, Venisia Gonzalez, Benjamin Angel Wu, Paul Tamayo, Erin Ashley Simon, João “Shanzikull” Curto, Coraly Rosario, Trinidad Hermida, Arisa Sudangnoi Johnsey, Steven Frank, Dan Rosas Paulsen, Patricia Zavalza, Sharon Wang, The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), The Long Beach Public Library, and the amazing volunteers, speakers, game developers and sponsors for making the 2nd event a (virtual) reality during a global pandemic.

On November 20-21, 2021 The 3rd annual Latinx Games Festival was a 2 Day Event that took place Online from Long Beach, California. This event was planned as a virtual event that streamed on Twitch featuring 30 game developer interviews, 10 Official Game Selections, 30 Arcade Games, and a Steam Event featuring all 40 games. Our biggest event yet! We celebrated our 2nd Latinx Game Awards by honoring the industry brightest Latinx creatives with awards given out to the teams of Greak: Memories of Azur (Game of the Year + Excellence in Visual Art), 9 Years of Shadows (Excellence in Audio), UNSIGHTED (Excellence in Storytelling), and Aztech Forgotten Gods (Most Anticipated Game). The 3rd annual Latinx Games Festival was a success thanks to the support and sponsorship from video game industry titans like Niantic, Xbox, and Unity.

Special thanks to Kesu Gupta, Coraly Rosario, Trinidad Hermida, Samuel Villanueva, Paulette Zorilla Bautista, Jason Marino, Gabriella Sanchez, Patty Allen-Stott, Joveth Gonzalez, Luis Angel Mex, Fernando Zumbado, Annie Carnahan, Ed Palmer, and the amazing speakers, game developers, and sponsors for making the 3rd event a grand celebration of Latinx game development.

The 4th annual Latinx Games Festival is excited to return to The Museum of Latin American Art, and will take place on September 23rd – September 25th, 2022 online and in-person from Long Beach, California! Join us for 3 Days of Talks, Games, Roundtables, Latinx Game Awards and our Recruiting Fair + Career Summit at The 4th annual Latinx Games Festival!

TEAM

JASON VEGA

Founder & Executive Director

Jason Vega is a New York City-born and raised Puerto Rican entrepreneur currently residing in Long Beach, California. He is passionate about building strategies to cultivate healthy, reciprocal relationships focused on amplifying underrepresented diverse voices and fostering an inclusive environment in video games, entertainment, and STEM.


His love for accessible game development started in 2013, gaining industry event experience in event production, logistics, marketing, PR, curation, and brand ambassadorship for events like IndieCade, IndieCade East, Games For Change, and Different Games Conference. He was inspired to take that experience forward and co-organized the Game Devs of Color Expo in 2017 & 2018. As the founder and executive director of Latinx Games Festival, he aims to keep breaking new grounds and continue to make game development accessible for Latinx people around the world!

KESU GUPTA

Website & Graphic Designer

Kesu Gupta is a contemporary artist and describes herself as a non-conformist, problem solving, innovative thinker!

 

Born in India, she started travelling the world at a very young age and lived in various cities across the globe. She studied law in Mumbai and London and graduated from law school in 2012. Finally, she came to New York City in 2014 to pursue Interior architecture at Parsons School of Design. Within a short period after graduation, she co-founded a creative agency (KasonMedia) to actively help emerging brands create their digital personality and presence through graphic design, web design and brand language.

 

As a graphic designer, she is excited to bring her love of color psychology and composition to make Latinx Games Festival an exciting presentation.

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